March 29, 2017

Michigan Legislature Approves Energy Package

By Craig Borr, CEO Michigan Electric Cooperative Association After nearly two years of discussion, dialogue, committee hearings and, at times, frustration, the Michigan Legislature passed an energy reform package as their last initiative prior to recess … [Read more...]

Geothermal Systems: The rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated

Many of you have heard or read that the 30 percent tax credit for geothermal heat pumps expired on December 31, 2016. That is completely true. Will the government bring the tax credits back? Maybe…maybe not. Who can predict what the government will do? A … [Read more...]

Wind Energy Is Full Of Wins For Michigan

Michigan farmers, business owners and taxpayers have a lot to gain by embracing wind energy. It offers a drought-resistant cash crop, requires very little land, creates family-supporting jobs in rural areas, and injects much-needed revenue sources into … [Read more...]

Michigan Co-ops Lead The Way In Renewable Energy

Sun. Water. Wind. Michiganders know these elements can make for a great day at the beach. Michigan’s electric cooperatives also know these raw energy sources can be a great way to power your home. From solar to wind to hydroelectric (hydro) power, … [Read more...]

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

You can’t see, taste or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be deadly. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that is found whenever fuel is burned. Known as the “silent killer,” CO causes an average of 430 deaths per year and more than 20,000 hospital emergency … [Read more...]

How To Use Ceiling Fans for Year Round Comfort, Savings

People often wonder which ceiling fans to install. There are so many models and prices, leaving some to wonder if they can help cut energy costs. People typically think of fans only for summertime comfort and lower air-conditioning costs. Ceiling fans … [Read more...]

Clean Power Plan Update

As a result of a Feb. 9 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the State of Michigan has stopped efforts on its development of a plan to meet the demands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is a federal regulatory … [Read more...]

Down Home Comfort

Using the earth for heating and cooling makes sense. There’s a movement afoot, but don’t worry—the ground isn’t shaking. It is quietly heating and cooling tens of thousands of homes and commercial buildings across Michigan with ground-source—or … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Pets, Energy Budget Comfortable!

Pet owners often assume their indoor pets want the same level of cooling and heating as the rest of the family. However, most dogs and cats can be comfortable with a wider range of temperatures. Those with unique pets, like birds or lizards, may need to … [Read more...]

Saving Energy In The Kitchen

Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Whether you are considering replacing an appliance or simply looking for ways to be more efficient, here are some tips to help you save energy—and money. Most people don’t think about their refrigerator … [Read more...]